Anderson’s Masonry Hearth and Home an Evergreen mainstay

Print Article

Rich Todd, owner of Anderson’s Masonry Hearth & Home on July 13. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

Anderson’s Masonry began serving the Flathead Valley’s masonry needs in the 1940s, and though the business has grown and changed, its mission to provide the products and services needed stands as firm as the buildings and products they sell.

The masonry business began with Edwin Anderson, who worked as a mason in the Flathead Valley in the late ’40s with his sons, Bud and Don.

As the two brothers became more and more involved in the business, they decided to expand into the retail side of the masonry trade in the 1980s.

In the 1990s, the brothers split the construction and retail aspects into two separate businesses, Anderson Masonry Inc. and the retail store, Anderson’s Masonry Hearth and Home, which has stood at the curve on Woodland Ave. in Evergreen for decades.

Not long after the split, Rich Todd, then a teenager fresh out of high school, started working in the yard, loading stone and learning the ropes.

Over time he moved his way up in the company, and when he moved to Missoula for college, the business followed.

Around that time, the Andersons opened their second retail branch in Missoula, where Todd worked while going to school.

Now a co-owner of Anderson’s Masonry Hearth and Home, Todd jumped at the opportunity to buy into the business in the early 2000s.

Today, he and his partner, Justin Anderson, carry the legacy and continue to look for ways to expand their goods to suit the ever-changing markets in each of their three locations.

In addition to the fireplaces, hearths and other stone and concrete products, the Evergreen store now also offers hot tubs, pool tables and more.

“We’re a company that provides products to customers that…people enjoy in their home,” Todd said. “The products that we carry, that’s really what it’s designed to do. It’s about experiences inside your home.”

Though markets vary and change depending on where you go, Todd said masonry still thrives in the Flathead Valley as people come and invest in their dreams homes, determined to create something that’s built to last.

In other cities where the business has expanded, Missoula and most recently Bozeman, the markets have veered away from the more traditional masonry style structures common to the Flathead, but Todd said Anderson’s has those markets covered, too.

Each store adapts, he said, offering the products and services the customers in those regions want, reaching outside of the masonry field if necessary.

That aspect of growth, Todd said, is what drew him to the business from the beginning. He said the opportunity to develop and grow something of his own in a community he loves has been the driving force behind his dedication to the business for over last 20 years.

The success of the business, however, he attributed to the hard work and knowledge of his team.

“I would be a fool to tell you that it’s because of me that this place is here,” Todd said. “Everybody that works for us, now and in the past, are tremendous. They’re knowledgeable. They understand the importance of customer service. They’re what make this business work and without them we wouldn’t be here.”

The combination of strong employees, adaptive products and loyal customers have carried Anderson’s through the decades, and Todd said he hopes the business will continue to stand as long as the masonry buildings it occupies.

Reporter Mary Cloud Taylor can be reached at 758-4459 or mtaylor@dailyinterlake.com.

Print Article

Read More Local

Marina on Lake Koocanusa offers big concert venue, restaurant

October 14, 2018 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake It was 1980 when Larry Stewart hitchhiked out of a Wyoming oil patch and into Northwest Montana. After deciding Eureka was the place to stop, he sold Christmas trees, built homes, got married and ha...

Comments

Read More

Glacier Rail Park: A toast to transformation

October 07, 2018 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake The celebrants drove a silver spike that memorable day in 1892 and then they all got hammered. Well, maybe not all. Kalispell resident George Stannard once described the celebratory mood marking t...

Comments

Read More

Northern Plastics owner eyes expansion

September 30, 2018 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Businessman Glen Hufstetler wades calmly into adversity — or so it seems — fortified by at least two sources of strength. First, Hufstetler and adversity became well-acquainted through the years. To...

Comments

Read More

Montana sets $8.50 minimum wage

September 28, 2018 at 7:33 pm | Daily Inter Lake Montana’s minimum wage will increase to $8.50 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2019, according to an announcement Friday from Gov. Steve Bullock’s office. The minimum wage currently is $8.30. An estimated...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

News: (406) 837-5131
Advertising: 406-758-4410
Bigfork Eagle
c/o Daily Inter Lake
PO Box 7610
Kalispell, MT 59904

©2018 Bigfork Eagle Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X